Outdoor Job Search Resource Center
This collection of resources is intended to help you find summer work or longer-term work, undergraduate field studies or graduate programs, outdoor education programs, local groups, skill certification courses or cheap gear for your own skill-building personal trips.
You can do the vast majority of your job search online these days, so the bulk of the resources contained within are websites. We’ll leave it up to you to print out whatever you feel you need on paper. Please take the initiative to contact the program on your own if you’d like to receive their most recent packet.
If you know of any programs, organizations or resources not included here that would be a valuable addition to this collection, great — bring us the contact info. In addition, if you have worked for or studied with any of these organizations and would like to serve as a campus representative, let us know and we will list your name, email, and/or phone number alongside the program’s listing so that interested folks can contact you.
We’ll start with a table of contents to help you find the resources that will best serve your needs. And remember that this information is here to help you, so please bring us any constructive feedback that could make this run more smoothly.
A note on camps: There are hundreds of camps out there! If we find an exceptional program, we will list it here specifically; however, if you are looking to browse for camp jobs, your best course of action would be to check out some online job search engines and paw through the packets we get in the mail.
I. Search lots of jobs from one site: Databases/Search Engines
II. Individual Programs, Organizations, Companies, Outfitters
III. Educate Yourself: Medical Training, Undergraduate Field Studies, Outdoor Schools, Local Groups, Graduate Programs
IV. Get geared up: Cheap and/or local equipment
I. Job Search Databases
Note: This is a great place to start familiarizing yourself with what’s out there without having to type in a million different websites. You may be able to narrow your search according to geography, type of position, etc. This is also a good way to start browsing summer camps.
- Association for Experiential Education
Student Conservation Association
- Association for Environmental & Outdoor Education
- National Park Service Employment Information
- Coolworks National Parks Job Database
- Colorado Outdoor Adventure Guide
- Outdoor Adventure Professional Network
Secondary Schools/Programs with Outdoor Components
- Eagle Rock School, CO
- High Mountain Institute, CO
- Oregon Episcopal School, OR
- The Mountain School, VT
- The White Mountain School, NH
Environmental Education for Kids
- Oregon Museum of Science & Industry: Science Camps
- Christodora, Inc., NY/MA
- Hawthorne Valley Farm, NY
- Keystone Science School
Summer Expeditions and Outdoor Education
- Links to each Outward Bound School
- National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS)
- Deer Hill Expeditions, CO
- Adventures Cross Country: Worldwide
- Wilderness Ventures: Worldwide
- Longacre Expeditions: Western US, BC
- Kroka Expeditions, VT
- SPLORE Accessible Outdoor Adventure, UT
- Cispus Learning Center, WA
- Passages Northwest, WA
- The Mountain Institute, WV
You may also be interested in working for these folks!
Outdoor Skill Schools
Undergraduate Environmental Field Studies
- Wild Rockies Field Institute, Univ. of MT
- Teton Science School, WY
- University of Montana
- Sea Education Association, MA
- Castle Rock Institute, NC
- Southwest Field Studies, Earlham College
- Williams College & Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, CT
- Prescott College, AZ
- San Juan College, NM: Outdoor Leadership and Recreation Program
Lewis & Clark College Paddle Club E-Mail: email@example.com
Whitewater Kayaking instruction and excursions
- The Circuit Bouldering Gym
- Stoneworks (Rock Climbing Gym)
- Portland Rock Gym
- Mazamas Rock Climbing, Mountaineering and Hiking club.
Remember to browse the CO Library for books that will help you study up for your next personal trip!
College Outdoors offers rentals on a number of essential items for outdoor adventures. Check out our rental page here. We also include the addresses and numbers of local businesses that rent and/or sell gear.
The College Outdoors Program is located in room 244 of Templeton Campus Center on the Undergraduate Campus.
College Outdoors Program
Lewis & Clark
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, MSC 188
Portland, OR 97219